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News: Etihad Airways signs Air Arabia Abu Dhabi codeshare deal


Air Arabia Abu Dhabi was formed following an agreement by Etihad Airways and Air Arabia to establish an independent joint venture company that will operate as a low-cost passenger airline.

News: Mandarin Oriental, Vienna expected to debut in 2023


Mandarin Oriental Hotel Group has announced that it will manage a luxury hotel and branded residences in Vienna, Austria, that is scheduled to open in late 2023.

News: Chukka Tours launches new consumer app


The app allows users to browse the extensive activity menu offered by Chukka Tours to find a Caribbean adventure, as well as offering an extensive gallery of photos, videos and tour descriptions.

News: Regal Princess to return to UK for summer 2021


Under the new plans, Majestic Princess will arrive on the West Coast to set sail for her inaugural Alaska season, while Regal Princess will be returning to Europe.

News: Ski industry leaders collaborate for World Ski Awards #Restart campaign


World Ski Awards has published a series of interviews with industry leaders as part of its #Restart campaign to galvanise the sector in the wake of Covid-19. The initiative includes insight on their experiences during lockdown, and advice on how to navigate the crisis.

News: FCO advises against all cruise ship travel


The Foreign & Commonwealth Office has begun to advise against all cruise ship travel. This is due to the ongoing pandemic and is based on medical advice from Public Health England, the government body said.

News: Eurostar to launch direct Amsterdam services


For these services to operate, existing agreements between the UK, France and Belgium signed in 1993 have been modified to include the Netherlands.

News: Disney World to reopen in Florida this week


Walt Disney World is preparing for a phased reopening in the United States – with significant reductions in capacity. Magic Kingdom Park and the Animal Kingdom Theme Park will reopen on July 11th, while EPCOT and Disney’s Hollywood Studios will follow July 15th.

News: reports profitable year despite Covid-19 impact


Dart Group, owners of, has reported a pre-tax profit of £148 million for the year ended March 31st. The figure is down 11 per cent from the £166 million recorded last year, largely due to the impact of Covid-19 on the tourism sector.

News: Airbus plane deliveries stall as travel demand slows


The number of commercial aircraft delivered by Airbus fell to a 16-year low in the first half of 2020 new figures reveal. Over the first six months of the year, deliveries fell by 49 per cent, to 196 planes, compared with 389 in the same period last year.

News: United Airlines could furlough half of workforce


United Airlines could be forced to furlough as many as 36,000 employees in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. The carrier added it expects capacity for this month to be down 75 per cent compared to July last year.

News: Austrian Airlines continues to rebuild network


Austrian Airlines has published its remaining summer flight schedule, which will run until the end of October. The flag-carrier is seeking to double capacity over the period, with a view to operating 40 per cent of the flights initially planned by the end of the season.

News: Voting opens for World Spa Awards 2020


Nominees cover the entire spectrum of the spa and wellness industry, ranging from hotel spas, detox programmes and aromatherapy brands to wellness apps, spa destinations and wellness retreats.

News: Azizi Developments finalises Mina project on Palm Jumeirah


Azizi Developments has confirmed nearly 94 per cent of the work has been completed at its luxurious residential development, Mina. The property is located on the east crescent of the iconic Palm Jumeirah.

News: Chancellor cuts hospitality VAT to boost economy


UK chancellor of the exchequer, Rishi Sunak, has announced temporary cuts in value added tax in an attempt to simulate the hospitality sector. The measures are part of a wider packaged designed to mitigate the impact of Covid-19 on the UK economy.

News: St Lucia unveils new arrival protocols as tourism reopens


Following a reassessment of market conditions, the government of Saint Lucia will introduce several new and updated protocols for arrivals from July 9th.

News: TUI Group completes sale of Hapag-Lloyd Cruises


TUI Group has successfully completed the sale of its subsidiary Hapag-Lloyd Cruises to TUI Cruises. Hamburg-based TUI Cruises is a joint venture between TUI and Royal Caribbean Group.

News: Future of Air Asia called into doubt by auditors


Ernst & Young pointed out liabilities at Air Asia already exceeded assets by more than £340 million at the end of 2019. Shares in the Malaysian-based airline fell by more than ten per cent this morning in response.

News: Dominican Republic reopens to tourism as coronavirus fades


The decision marks the start of phase four of the de-escalation process of the measures announced by the high-level commission for the prevention and control of coronavirus.

News: DFDS to relaunch Amsterdam connection next week


The decision comes in the wake to an announcement from the UK government that it will remove quarantine restrictions for travellers arriving from the Netherlands from July 10th.

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